Public Rail Transportation Highlights Bad Big Government Solutions
I advocate for Limited Government chiefly because, despite claims to the contrary, Government fails miserably at having the wisdom and experience to solve problems in the various economic market segments. For proof, one need look no further than Transportation, specifically Public Transportation. Since 2006, Nashville, TN has had The Music City Star; a 32 mile long rail line from its eastern suburbs to downtown. Stories run | Read More »
Methinks the Muslims Doth Protest TN State Rep Rick Womick Too Much
Recently, TN State Rep Rick Womick, at a conference contrasting Sharia Law and the Constitution, said Muslims should not serve in the US military because they could not be trusted. Some in the Muslim community are calling for Womick to be impeached for his remarks. I find it fascinating that, in the context of a conference on the Constitution, Womick spoke because he believes evidence exists that | Read More »
The Self Restraint of Principle or the Iron Fist of Regulation?
The biggest problem with government is the nature of government itself. It is impossible for Government to do anything except by regulation or legislation. This is both a description of the beast and a condemnation of its behavior. Thus, if one looks to Government for help the result is predictably a new law or regulation on top of all that have come before. There is | Read More »
US Army Puts Policy First, Soldiers Last and Soldiers are Dying
Full disclosure: I have a personal interest. My oldest son, whom I cherish and of whom I am more proud than I could ever say, is a crew chief on a Chinook helicopter and due to deploy for his second tour in Afghanistan next year. I have nothing but respect for members of the US Military. When duty calls, they answer; putting lives and skills | Read More »
Am I the Only One Disgusted with Post Gadhafi Libya?
Mitt Romney said, “It’s about time … Moammar Gadhafi was a tyrant who terrorized the Libyan people and shed American blood, and the world is a better place without him.” Marco Rubio weighed in with, “… justice has been done today.” Meanwhile, the reports of exactly how Gadhafi died are, in the words of one network, “conflicting.” The one constant in the accounts I have read is | Read More »
Wall Street Congressman Chooses Occupy Wall Street Instead
With the “We Stand With Gibson”rally over, I thought it would be at least a week before I’d have to point out the Declaration of Independence’s third “self evident truth” is that the purpose of government is to secure the inalienable rights of men. While yesterday’s Americans clearly saw the self evident nature of that truth, too many Americans today cannot. If the “blind” man | Read More »
Why I’m Standing with Gibson Guitar
On Saturday, Otober 8th in Nashville, artists and activists are holding a concert and rally to support Gibson Guitar. We’re calling it simply “We Stand With Gibson!” Why stand with Gibson? The short answer is, if I believe in Individual Liberty, I can do nothing else. On to the long answer … On August 24th, agents of the US Fish and Wildlife Service ran down | Read More »
Who Should Hold Power in These United States?
At 54, I’m old enough to remember regular use of a phrase I seldom hear anymore but which I have intentionally begun using. I no longer say “the United States.” Instead I refer to “these United States.” I remember thinking as a child that use of the term was quaint and backwards; as if the user were ignorant. It seems I was the ignorant one. | Read More »
What I Learned from 9/11
What did I learn on 9/11? Not much, really. While that’s the “hook” for the post, it’s not what I mean. You see, I didn’t learn these things on 9/11. I knew them all along. 9/11 let me see them clearly. My pastor teaches character is not developed by adversity. Rather, it is revealed by it! In the midst of crises, we respond, not from | Read More »
Marsha Blackburn to Host Gibson Guitar CEO for Obama “Jobs” Speech
Gibson Guitar’s CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, will be present for President Obama’s “Jobs” speech to Congress tomorrow night as the guest of Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn. Gibson, a Tennessee company, has locations in both Memphis and Nashville. Recently, Gibson has been taking fire from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a Federal regulatory agency, and from the Obama Administration for building guitars and employing Tennesseans. The | Read More »
Broadband Access, Free Markets and Government Intervention
In Tennessee, access to the Internet can be slow and unreliable the further you get away from the cities. The result is missed opportunities in education, healthcare, and business meaning rural residents are at a competitive disadvantage to their counterparts in cities (10 Ways Broadband Benefits Rural Communities). When the Internet was introduced to a wide spread consumer base in the late 1990s, it was | Read More »
Why Worry About a US Default? China Defaulted and Nothing Bad Happened to the PRC.
Progressive rhetoric in the debt ceiling debate holds that if the US doesn’t raise the ceiling it will automatically be in default. This is an intentional lie told for political reasons. It has nothing to do with economic or budgetary soundness. Any default will arise from US actions after we fail to raise the debt ceiling, not simply because we fail to raise it. But | Read More »
Justice is Not an Excuse for Jubilation
There is no way to know that today is a day that will make history. A year ago this weekend, life in my city was savaged by a 500 year flood, the impact of which is still rippling across our burg. Almost 10 years ago America woke to a beautiful September morning that saw the sun set on a nation at war. And yesterday, a | Read More »
What Policies Really Promote Growth in a State?
Tennessee Democrat Jimmy Naifeh, and some GOP House members who seem to have not received the memo that Naifeh is no longer Speaker, attached a poison pill amendment to a House bill last week that would have amended the Tennessee Constitution to forever do away with the possibility of a state income tax. The TEA, supported by their Labor brothers from a variety of different | Read More »
Tea Party Choices: Purity of Principle or Maturity of Method
I was listening to some Tea Party leaders recently. They were unhappy some Representatives had not yet made their position on a bill public. They decided to find out those positions and if a Rep was voting “wrong,” to threaten him with a primary challenge. Disagreements, even among allies, are inevitable. How we handle them defines our relationship’s future. In the aftermath of successful influence | Read More »
New Hi-Speed, Portable DNA Scanner Facilitates State and Fed Abuse of Rights
In 2007 a Tennessee law was passed, as many bad laws are, in the aftermath of a horrific crime. Johnia Berry was violently murdered. Her parents asked State Senator Ron Ramsey to consider working with a national DNA database to assist in the investigation. Senator Ramsey introduced a bill mandating collection of DNA from those arrested for violent felonies in Tennessee. It passed and is | Read More »
Democrats, Progressives and Leftists Will Lie if it Suits their Agenda
I know, I know … such horrible accusations and I’m a bad person for thinking such evil of my political opponents. No doubt I am a frothing at the mouth, racist, Obama hating, wingnut who ought to be ignored at best and vilified at worst. Except it’s true (video and pics after the jump). While thousands of protesters showed up in Madison, WI, the state | Read More »
Only Those Engaged in Violent Imagery and Rhetoric Can Stop Doing So
In the aftermath of the Tuscon carnage; before I learned the name of any victim beyond Representative Giffords and along with hearing the name of the shooter, I also learned I was to blame. Beyond the ignorant premise that any Tea Partier anywhere had anything to do in any way with such senseless violence lies the sad reality that the obvious has yet again escaped | Read More »
On Joshua Holland’s “9 Conservative Lies”
Public debate is critical to the American political experience. Organizations and politicians take their message to voters, highlight strengths and weaknesses of the issues and submit their solutions. On election day, we see who the People choose. Integral to the process, yet seldom mentioned, is for each party to be honest and operate in good faith. They must make arguments and quote statistics they believe | Read More »
Let’s Meet the Westboro Baptists Tomorrow in Humboldt, TN
I have a deep respect for those wearing their country’s uniform. I have a deep, personal revulsion for those thoughtlessly critical of those in uniform; people like John Murtha, John Kerry, Richard Belzer and others. One group, above all, holds a special place of revulsion: the members of Westboro Baptist Church. I don’t know how many there are. I can’t believe there would be a | Read More »